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The zones of discrimination for M-Score is as such:
An M-Score of less than -2.22 suggests that the company is not an accounting manipulator.
An M-Score of greater than -2.22 signals that the company is likely an accounting manipulator.
During the past 13 years, the highest Beneish M-Score of EMC Corp was -1.85. The lowest was -3.74. And the median was -2.76.
The M-score was created by Professor Messod Beneish. Instead of measuring the bankruptcy risk (Z-Score) or business trend (F-Score), M-score can be used to detect the risk of earnings manipulation. This is the original research paper on M-score.
The M-Score Variables:
The M-score of EMC Corp for today is based on a combination of the following eight different indices:
|M||=||-4.84||+||0.92 * DSRI||+||0.528 * GMI||+||0.404 * AQI||+||0.892 * SGI||+||0.115 * DEPI|
|=||-4.84||+||0.92 * 0.944||+||0.528 * 1.0043||+||0.404 * 1.0447||+||0.892 * 1.054||+||0.115 * 0.9671|
|-||0.172 * SGAI||+||4.679 * TATA||-||0.327 * LVGI|
|-||0.172 * 1.0364||+||4.679 * -0.0812||-||0.327 * 1.0939|
|This Year (Mar15) TTM:||Last Year (Mar14) TTM:|
|Accounts Receivable was $2,966 Mil.|
Revenue was 5613 + 7049 + 6032 + 5880 = $24,574 Mil.
Gross Profit was 3339 + 4505 + 3743 + 3654 = $15,241 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $12,563 Mil.
Total Assets was $43,293 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $3,742 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,892 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $8,167 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $10,481 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $5,495 Mil.
Net Income was 252 + 1146 + 587 + 589 = $2,574 Mil.
Non Operating Income was 34 + -106 + -74 + -31 = $-177 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 1080 + 2231 + 1700 + 1254 = $6,265 Mil.
|Accounts Receivable was $2,981 Mil.
Revenue was 5479 + 6682 + 5539 + 5614 = $23,314 Mil.
Gross Profit was 3347 + 4224 + 3442 + 3509 = $14,522 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $14,195 Mil.
Total Assets was $44,047 Mil.
Property, Plant and Equipment(Net PPE) was $3,568 Mil.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization(DDA) was $1,716 Mil.
Selling, General & Admin. Expense(SGA) was $7,476 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $9,365 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $5,494 Mil.
1. DSRI = Days Sales in Receivables Index
A large increase in DSR could be indicative of revenue inflation.
|DSRI||=||(Receivables_t / Revenue_t)||/||(Receivables_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)|
|=||(2966 / 24574)||/||(2981 / 23314)|
2. GMI = Gross Margin Index
Measured as the ratio of gross margin in year t-1 to gross margin in year t.
Gross margin has deteriorated when this index is above 1. A firm with poorer prospects is more likely to manipulate earnings.
|=||(GrossProfit_t-1 / Revenue_t-1)||/||(GrossProfit_t / Revenue_t)|
|=||(4505 / 23314)||/||(3339 / 24574)|
3. AQI = Asset Quality Index
AQI is the ratio of asset quality in year t to year t-1.
|AQI||=||(1 - (CurrentAssets_t + PPE_t) / TotalAssets_t)||/||(1 - (CurrentAssets_t-1 + PPE_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)|
|=||(1 - (12563 + 3742) / 43293)||/||(1 - (14195 + 3568) / 44047)|
4. SGI = Sales Growth Index
Ratio of sales in year t to sales in year t-1.
Sales growth is not itself a measure of manipulation. However, growth companies are likely to find themselves under pressure to manipulate in order to keep up appearances.
5. DEPI = Depreciation Index
Measured as the ratio of the rate of depreciation in year t-1 to the corresponding rate in year t.
DEPI greater than 1 indicates that assets are being depreciated at a slower rate. This suggests that the firm might be revising useful asset life assumptions upwards, or adopting a new method that is income friendly.
|DEPI||=||(Depreciation_t-1 / (Depreciaton_t-1 + PPE_t-1))||/||(Depreciation_t / (Depreciaton_t + PPE_t))|
|=||(1716 / (1716 + 3568))||/||(1892 / (1892 + 3742))|
6. SGAI = Sales, General and Administrative expenses Index
The ratio of SGA expenses in year t relative to year t-1.
SGA expenses index > 1 means that the company is becoming less efficient in generate sales.
|SGAI||=||(SGA_t / Sales_t)||/||(SGA_t-1 /Sales_t-1)|
|=||(8167 / 24574)||/||(7476 / 23314)|
7. LVGI = Leverage Index
The ratio of total debt to total assets in year t relative to yeat t-1.
An LVGI > 1 indicates an increase$sgai= in leverage
|LVGI||=||((LTD_t + CurrentLiabilities_t) / TotalAssets_t)||/||((LTD_t-1 + CurrentLiabilities_t-1) / TotalAssets_t-1)|
|=||((5495 + 10481) / 43293)||/||((5494 + 9365) / 44047)|
8. TATA = Total Accruals to Total Assets
Total accruals calculated as the change in working capital accounts other than cash less depreciation.
|=||(NetIncome_t - NonOperatingIncome_t||-||CashFlowsfromOperations_t)||/||TotalAssets_t|
|=||(2574 - -177||-||6265)||/||43293|
An M-Score of less than -2.22 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator. An M-Score of greater than -2.22 signals that the company is likely to be a manipulator.
EMC Corp has a M-score of -2.88 suggests that the company will not be a manipulator.
Altman Z-Score, Piotroski F-Score, Accounts Receivable, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Current Assets, Total Assets, Property, Plant and Equipment, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Selling, General & Admin. Expense, Total Current Liabilities, Long-Term Debt, Net Income, Non Operating Income, Cash Flow from Operations
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